Christmas dinner prayers, or graces, can include the story of the birth of Jesus, praise to God and Mary, Christmas songs and thanks to God for family and friends. There is no one official Christian Christmas grace. An example of a Christmas dinner grace is the "Christmas Table Prayer" by Edward Hays.
A prayer before dinner allows participants to speak to God to offer thanks for the meal. During the Christmas season, it can be used as a time to acknowledge the story of Jesus' birth. Prayers can either be spoken or sung in the form of psalms, which are songs of worship. Christmas graces can also be said to reflect on family and friends, before opening gifts or to mourn the loss of a loved one.